Nicolas Pepe: 2019/20 Performances

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  1. Maybe

    Maybe Well-Known Member

    If that's the case, how is it possible we went all in for him?
    You can risk with a couple of cheaper targets like Luiz, Douzi etc., but investing 70m and selling Iwobi without being sure that guy will fit is just unprofessional and plain stupid. Not even sure Emery wanted him because he wasn't a starter for him either.
  2. say yes

    say yes Thread Title Abuser

    He’ll get his chance.

    Mikel’s currently implementing a system where it’s important that wide players maintain width, so Nelson is a better option.
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  3. <<reed>>

    <<reed>> Meme Merchant

    Is "maintaining the width" the new "carrying an injury"?
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  4. Dennis_Bergkamp_10

    Dennis_Bergkamp_10 Well-Known Member

    Not sure what he's doing that 3 successive managers aren't putting him in the team, but it can't be a coincidence.

    I'm not expecting him to set the PL on fire in his first season but he can't get ahead of a youngster..

    DUFFMAN Active Member

    Can see him been sold this summer.

    For his and the clubs sake.

    Its clear he’s not part of plans and I’m sure he wants out too.
  6. Batman

    Batman Bruce Wayne

    I think it's also that without Bellerin, Nelson is the more naturally inclined to be disciplined and track back. That clearly isn't Pepe's game and with the pressure on him to score due to his price tag, it's perhaps mentally a bit tougher to concern yourself with the defensive side of the ball.
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  7. juice man

    juice man Well-Known Member

    It's not looking good, is it. We're over half way through the season, and he doesn't look like he's settled or playing any better than he did in his first few games. Two managers now (three if you count Freddie), who are hesitant to give him minutes, and you can see exactly why.
  8. DanDare

    DanDare Emoji Merchant and Believer-In-Chief

    Very bizarre

    Does he just jog about in training to something?
  9. Pepes blue pill

    Pepes blue pill Well-Known Member

    This thread is amazing :lol::lol:
  10. scytheavatar

    scytheavatar Well-Known Member

    This is what happens when your transfers are decided by a bunch of businessmen rather than a proper Technical Director. Who knows what attributes to look for in deciding a big signing that can make it. Why did you think your Bayern and PSG all turned their nose at the idea of signing Pepe at the prices being asked?
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  11. Flying Okapis

    Flying Okapis Most Well-Known Member

    Still holding faith in him but it is becoming somewhat concerning, I would have thought someone like Pepe would love training, small games in tight spaces etc

    If he was to be sold in the summer I'm not even sure who we sell him too, recouping the fee would be very difficult, the English clubs wont be wanting him, Spain's big boys will pass, Italian clubs will offer €20mil, PSG?

    I'd prefer if we give him another season, as everyone points out the talent appears to be there, at the moment he just looks like a street balla' trying to play the pro game.
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  12. Polar Bear

    Polar Bear Well-Known Member

    This is now 3 managers who have not liked him... Emery, Ljungberg and Arteta.. its clear something is wrong with the guy, I can't believe its a coincidence.. all of them not liking him.

    All 3 were very very reluctant to play Pepe.. there is clearly something wrong with him.. either his personality or actual football ability.. maybe a mix of both.
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  13. TheEconomist

    TheEconomist Well-Known Member

    Agree. Although I have to say it surely can't be his footballing ability. From what we've heard it just sounds like he isn't disciplined enough and doesn't work hard enough especially given the makeshift full backs we are using who need protection. That being said we have to remember he's still getting used to a new, more physically demanding league
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  14. Polar Bear

    Polar Bear Well-Known Member

    I think its probably a lot to do with not being disciplined enough, because I noticed in many matches when we were losing he was doing all these little tricks and flicks, its ok if we're like 4-0 up, but those particular matches we were losing and its the last thing we needed.. ok if the trick works and we get a goal then thats great but it never ended in goals, just ended up with it going out for throw-ins or him getting tackled.

    Do you remember the Sheffield United game? I remember in that match we were losing and playing awful and he kept doing all these silly little flicks and the Sheff Utd defenders were tackling him easily, they robbed him off the ball every single time, not even once did the little trick skill work.. it was just beyond frustrating to watch.
  15. sammy89

    sammy89 Well-Known Member

    His problems are obviously the usual flair player issues: overdribbling and not tracking back. Possible mental issues from relocation also. On the evidence of things, he's most likely uncoachable and we probably have to take a loss in the summer
  16. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    This was predictable. This is a "Ric Flair turning on Sting when we all saw what was gonna happen" heel turn, and I can't say I'm shocked about it.

    I really hope he starts and scores soon.
  17. Axel9090

    Axel9090 Well-Known Member

    Okay fine, lets say hes not good enough to start, the guy isnt even averaging 10 mins of football across our last 3 prem games. He couldve been subbed on against Everton but he wasnt. What Im saying is he isnt even being used fairly as a sub. Training is one thing, but enough game time in prem matches is another.
  18. Batman

    Batman Bruce Wayne

    A new player with a hefty price tag(and the pressure that comes with it) making a big jump up in competition, playing in a club that has been more dysfunctional this season than at any point in the last 60 odd years is probably going to hit a few bumps. It's extraordinarily presumptuous to suggest that because he hasn't hit the ground running in an environment where nobody is really performing to their full ability and thus is not featuring as often as we'd all hope somehow means that the managers don't like him. Did you forget that he took a series of knocks less than 2 weeks ago? Perhaps he's not at full fitness. The guy has said all of the right things and taken responsibility for his slow start and shows flashes of quality whenever he does get the opportunity to play.

    Fabinho featured far less than probably expected the first half of last season for Liverpool, not because Klopp didn't like him but because it was best for the team at the time to bed him in slowly. It would be more concerning if the team was flying and he was coming on and stinking the pitch up and ruining play. We actually tend to look more dangerous with him on the pitch but given our calamitous backslide and the complete inability pre Arteta to manage anything resembling cohesive play, we've not seen anyone really look great for any extended period of time. The guy deserves time to get settled just as the manager deserves time to find solutions to problems years in the making that have all come home to roost.
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  19. EmeryCouldnt

    EmeryCouldnt Well-Known Member

    3 managers didn’t play him... one being Emery and 2 more who haven’t managed a win in their managerial career. What’s your point?
  20. TorontoGooner76

    TorontoGooner76 Well-Known Member

    @Batman , good point with the comparison to Fabinho. I even remember that there was talk about him wanting a move due to being frustrated with his lack of playing time early on at Liverpool.

    However, even today I noticed in his all cameo appearance that he was just casually jogging back inside our own half not even really attempting to pick anyone up.

    I'm sure he isn't enjoying himself, but his attitude looks to be horrible from where we sit and it is not helping matters. Top priced talent or not, when things aren't going so well you need to give the manager other reasons to play you. He is really not giving any as far as I can see when he does play.
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